Overton County, TNGenWeb Project


TNGenWeb Project


Current Courthouse


Pre 1900 Courthouse - Provided by Ron Dishman

Overton County, Tennessee was formed in 1806 from Jackson County, Tennessee and Indian lands.
In 1835 the county seat was moved from Monroe to Livingston. Livingston, named for the honorable Edward Livingston, become incorporated in 1907. Overton County was originally a part of Davidson County and later Jackson County. In 1805 Moses Fisk surveyed the first village in what is now the community of Hilham. On September 12, 1806, the area of Overton County was established by the state legislature as a county. The Indian Territory that had been within, in which Cherokee Chief Nettle Carrier presided over, was conceded to Tennessee for use by the white man. Overton County, at one time, included part of the territory that eventually became Fentress, Clay, Pickett, and Putnam counties, and since many of the early records of these counties have been partially or entirely destroyed, the extant records of Overton County are important. The courthouse was burned in April of 1865. Neighboring Counties are Clay, Jackson, Putnam, Fentress and Pickett.

***Your host for this page is Tami Ramsey*** Please keep in mind that I do not live in Tennessee therefore I cannot help you with specific family research. Your best resource is to subscribe to the Overton County mailing list below.

A Tribute to our Overton County Heroes



Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage, 21, of Livingston, Tennessee.
Savage died of wounds received due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 12, 2004.


Marine Cpl. Brad P. McCormick
23, of Overton, Tennessee.
McCormick died from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Nashville, Tennessee. Died on August 19, 2004


Sgt. Robert Wesley Tucker, 20, of Hilham, Tennessee
Tucker died of wounds received when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee that he was driving in Ad Dujayl, Iraq during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron K-Troop, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Livingston, Tennessee. Died on October 13, 2005

 Bless you all for defending our freedom.................

 Overton County, Tennessee Genealogy Starting Point


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Post and read Queries

Up- Coming Events and Reunions

Read & Add your listings to the Calendar for Overton County

 County Addresses For Overton County, Tennessee

 Records Available for Overton County

How to order  Tennessee Vital Records - Births - Deaths - Marriages






An Offsite Link


 GREEN Bible



 LEE Bible

An Offsite Link


 NORROD Family Bible

Allen NORROD Family Bible




An Offsite Link 


RAY Bible 

An Offsite Link

 SMITH Bible

An Offsite Link

 WILLIS Family Bible


All Offsite Links

 BEATY Brothers

 Interview with William Felix Copeland of Overton Co.
from FHC microfiche #6016885--Interviews with Oklahoma Indian Pioneers.
This was a WPA project in 1937


 Stokely R. CHADICK

1818 - 1909

Jim CLARK. Writer 

William Harrison FLEMING

 Benton Cordell GOODPASTURE


 GREGG, Josiah

1806 - 1850

  HULL, Cordell

1871 - 1955


 Jeptha READER

Albert Houston "A.H." ROBERTS




 Elisha Granville SEWELL


John WHITAKER, 1783

Requires Adobe Acrobat


 Bibliography of Overton County Books

Overton County Genealogy Books for Sale



 Order Form for Jackson County Cemetery Inscription Book


Includes many Overton Families

 Tennessee Convicts: Early Records of the State Penitentiary

  Order form for Overton County Birth & Death Record Book
1908 -1912

"Daniel Murphey and descendants Vol. 2"


Talmage Murphy
6405 Palmer Road
New Carlisle, Ohio 45344


"Common and Uncommon Men" covers Boles, Poteet, Atkins, Neal, Keziah Hannah Rains Neal, Charles Harmon, Morgon, Gore, Bird, Ruddell, Cook, Masters, Vietch
Click here for order form
Also available at the Overton County Library are the 1930 Overton County Census (well indexed) $70.00 Plus $5.00 Mailing. A portion of this goes to the library building fund.

Aslo available is the Jackson County 1930 Census (well indexed) $60.00 plus $5.00 mailing.

By February, the Clay County 1930 Census will be available (well indexed). Cost will be aprox. $55.00.

These can be ordered from the Overton County Public Library - 225 East Main Street - Livingston, TN 38570-1959.
email to Janet Gann, Director of Library or call 931-823-1888
 "The Descendants of Joseph Ezekiel Gilpatrick and Sarah Emoline Watkins"
Click here for order form

The Friends of the Library Group for the Overton County Public Library are glad to announce that for a limited time only the 1976 Bicentennial Echoes of the History of Overton County by Robert & Mary Eldridge that was originally printed in 1976 and has been unavailable for sometime now is for sale with all proceeds going to benefit the Overton County Public Library. The cost is $30 or $35 if shipped. They are available at the Library or local banks in Livingston and other local businesses. Or by contacting the Overton Co. Public Library at 107 East Main St Livingston TN 38570

The following research records are available on CD for $20.00 each.

"Overton County, TN, Marriages, November 1926 - December 31, 1959."

To purchase send request & payment to:

Vonnie Looper Munnerlyn
1925 Basswood Court
Weatherford, TX 76087



July 4, 1922 in Livingston, Tennessee

Contributed by Loren Lacy


Lacy's Store

The store burned in late 20's

Contributed by Loren Lacy

Lacy's Grocery

Contributed by Loren Lacy

 Morgan Mines near Crawford, Overton County, Tennessee

 Wilder, TN Coal Mine Picture


Topographical locations of some cemeteries within Overton County, Tennessee

 Allred Family Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 Cordell Allred Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 Bear Creek Cemetery

The Bilbrey Cemetery Project

 They need your help!


Bilbrey Cemetery

 Clay Springs Cemetery

 Cub Cemetery

An Offsite Link

Another Listing

Falling Springs Cemetery

Another Listing


 Green Cemetery

 Pictures of Hammock Cemetery

Holly Cemetery 

 Hunter Cemetery

 Looper Cemetery

An offsite Link

 Lovejoy Cemetery

 Masters Cemetery

An Offsite Link

Old Bethel Cemetery 


Poteet Family Cemetery


Roaring River Cemetery

An Offsite Link on Stewart Kin Home page

  Shiloh Cemetery

Another Listing

And another listing

 Sells Cemetery


Clayton Smith Cemetery

 Speck Cemetery

Thompson Flat Cemetery

Tyler Point Cemetery 

 Wilson Cemetery

Find-A-Grave for Overton County


 Pictures of area Cemeteries


 The 1820 Overton County TN Census

1830 Overton County Census

 1840 Census of Pensioners - Military

An Offsite Link

 The 1850 Overton county Census


1860 Census Images

This outside link sometimes encounters problems

1860 Index Text

  1860 Overton Co., TN Mortality Census


1880 Census

An Offlink Site

 1890 Civil War Census Names for Fentress, Pickett, and Clay

 Overton County Quick Facts from the Census Bureau

Partial 1920 Census

Page #1

Page #2

Page #3

Page #4

Page #5

An Off Site Link

 Index Part 1
 Index Part 2

Above index to census provided by Ernie Nichols

 Census Finder - Tennessee Census Records

 Electronic census spreadsheets

An Off Site Link


A list of questions asked on each census


All Off Site Links

Cave Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1821-1971


First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1956

  Mt. Union Church 1870-1995

Old Flat Creek Church Of Christ
Overton County, Tennessee

 Historic Rural African-American Churches in Tennessee, 1850-1970

*Requires Adobe Acrobat

 Historical Foundation
of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church

An Offsite Link


History Of Roaring River Baptist Church

An Off site Link on Stewart Kin Home page

 Charter Members of the Wolf River United Baptist Church, 1821


Biographies and Photographs of Overton County Civil War Soldiers

 Letters from Sergeant James Forrester Parrott of the 28th Consolidated Infantry to
his wife, Mahala Bowman Parrott

Letters of Geo. A. SMITH written during the Civil War

The Cainsville Guards: Civil War Experiences of Company I, 18th Tennessee Regiment by Lytle Givens 

Available through Main Street Publishing


 13th (Dibrell's) TN
Cavalry Regiment
Known in field, and mustered throughout the war as 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment

 25th Infantry Regiment

Co. B., D., and H from Overton County

 4th Regiment Arkansas Cavalry volunteers

A few from Overton County

 4th (Murray's) Cavalry

Co. D. from Overton County

 22nd Infantry Battalion

A few from Overton County

 Champ Ferguson's Muster Roll

Tinker Dave BEATY's Muster Roll (Union) 

 Medal of Honor for Benoni Strivson, 1868

 Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook

 Directory of Union Army Regimental Histories


Andersonville; A Story Of Rebel Military Prisons

by John McElroy, 1879

 Confederate Veteran:
Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR)

 Confederate States of America
Formation of the Confederacy

A list of early soldiers buried in Overton County


A limited edition sketch of Tinker Dave Beaty
on 11" x 14" acid-free paper
Champ Ferguson is available as well


The Patriots and Guerillas
of East Tennessee and Kentucky

 Federal Calvalry Units

 Communication from the Secretary of War. February 27, 1863

 Civil War Information


Index of Tennessee Civil War Soldiers


Tennessee Federal Military Rosters

An Offsite Link


Overton County Heritage Museum


    Pictures from the 2000 Genealogy Fair held in Overton County


 Speck Funeral Home

Has recent Obituaries

 The Complete 1914 Deaths for Overton County

 Overton County abstracts from the Nashville Christian Advocate 1857-1904

 Statewide Index to Tennessee Death Records
1914 - 1916

An Off Site Link

 Tennessee Office of Vital Records



1925 - 1938


 Statewide Death Search


 Sickness & Death in the Old South


 Overton Roll#33: Register of Deeds: Vol.: A-C Sep 1801-1813 Tennessee State Library & Archives

 Overton Roll#33: Register of Deeds: Vol.: A-C Sep 1801-1813 Tennessee State Library & Archives

Overton: Roll# 33: Register of Deeds: Vol: A-C: Sep 1801-Feb 1813: Tennessee State Library and Archives  


 W. P.A. Records. Deeds of Overton Co. Tennessee, 1806-1859. Books A,B,E,I,J,K,N,O.

An Offside Link on Stewart Kin Home page


 HOLBERT Murder, 1932

May 1933 Tornado 



 Overton County Migrations

 Family Stories





  BILBREY's in Overton County


with lots of other Overton names


 Joseph B. CONNER 1792-1854
of Overton Co. TN and
his descendants



Richard FANCHER Society Webpage


  KEY Family of Overton County

 Masters, Smith, Bowers, Hull & Beaty Families

 NORMAN Family

 The Overton County, Tennessee KIN Home Page

 Joseph BATES Family

PHILLIPS of Dale Hollow

 RAMSEY Family of Overton County

 RICH Family

 ROBERTS Home Page




  WATTS Family

WEST Family 

 WRIGHT Families


 Read MORE about the history of Overton County!

 Legislative Petition of 1813


 Mohawk Valley Document

This is a wonderful historical document about Overton County that is a must to read if your doing early research

 Walker’s Line and Winchester Line

Private Acts
Overton County, Tennessee

 Historical Collections of Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation




 Overton County Public Library

Offside Link

Click here for a list of some of the Genealogy books that they have available


Tennessee State Library & Archives

Wonderful TN Data Online


1895 Map of Overton County 

Tennessee Road Map showing Counties and Cities

(SLOW Loading)

 MAPS by Charles A. Reeves

He has a WONDERFUL Cemetery map of Overton County

 1834 Overton County District Map

Donated by Cleston Conner
These maps are from 1923 and it shows people who lived down on the
river. This land is now covered by Dale Hollow Lake. It includes families of Clay, Pickett and Overton County. This provided by Carl C. Conner and Harold Kesling

 Map 1
 Map 2
 Map 3
Map 4 

 TNGenWeb Goodspeed’s 1886 Tennessee Map
Showing Early Settlements, Forts, Battle Grounds, Stands, and Stations


 Early Marriages of Overton County Reconstruction Project

 Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842

 Overton County Poorhouse

An offsite link


 The Overton County Early Newspaper Project

This transcription project has lots of family information

 Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers

An Offside Link

 "80 Years Ago Today" is an article published in The Overton County News

Click here to also read some additional newspaper accounts of the people of Overton County

Livingston Enterprise 



 Rev. Overton ELY, 1863


John Allen REYNOLDS  

Various Newspaper Obituaries

 Search Engine for Overton County Obituaries

 Obituaries with Overton County Ties


 Overton County Historical Society

 Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

 Upper Cumberland Genealogical Association, Inc.


Overton County Chamber of Commerce  


 Overton County Specific Records in the TN GenWeb archives



Overton County Pictorial History

Wonderful pictures of Overton County have been donated by Gene Gantt from his book "The Pictorial History of Overton County"

Mark Atterson needs some help identifying some of the people in these pictures!

 Overton County

Photo Gallery


 Photograph Collection from the Overton County Historical Society



 Tennessee Communities

An Off Site Link

Century Farms in Overton County

 Discover Every Nook and Cranny in Overton County

Personal accounts of towns, schools, cemeteries etc.

 Josephine’s Journal

A newspaper column published in The Overton County News - Wonderful stories and people and places in Overton County - A Must read!

 Overton County, TN Poorhouse



 War of 1812

 National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records

Overton County WWI Veterans

An Offsite Link

James T. Davis

First U.S. Serviceman in Viet Nam to be killed in action, December 22, 1961


 Geographic Nameserver

Put in a city name and find out what county it is in

 USGenWeb Archive Search Engine, State-by-State

East Tennessee Historical Society


 WEATHER LINKS for Overton County & surrounding areas


 Search the LDS website

The Association for Gravestone Studies  

 Search the DAR Library Catalog

 Deciphering Old Handwriting

 Create a time line of History

 Epidemics in the United States


 Sumner County 1796


 Smith County 1799


 Jackson County 1801


 Overton County 1806


  Fentress County 1823  |   |   Putnam County 1842

  Clay County 1870      |   |   Pickett County 1879

(The four above Counties were formed from Overton County)


Because of time constraints I am not available for genealogy related questions, only those relating to the webpage.

Tami P. Ramsey